Blach Construction Named One of the Best Places to Work in U.S.

Santa Clara, Calif. – Blach Construction Company was named by Great Place to Work(R) as one of the top 50 best places to work in the United States in its 2013 Best Small & Medium Workplaces survey, published today in FORTUNE magazine.  The list, which is divided into two size categories, Small (50-250 employees) and Medium (251-999 employees), recognizes the 25 best companies in the U.S. with exceptional workplace cultures in each size category.

Blach Construction was ranked #14 in the Small business category.

Great Place to Work announced this year’s list last evening at its annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona.  Competing against hundreds of companies across the country, Blach Construction participated in a rigorous selection process, which included an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about benefits programs and company practices.  Great Place to Work evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

“We are incredibly honored by this recognition,” said President and CEO Mike Blach.  “I want to thank our employees, who work hard every day to deliver the very best customer experiences.  Our goal has always been to create a supportive work environment and positive culture where everyone feels they can be a part of a high-performance team and achieve their personal potential.  It’s very affirming to know that our colleagues feel we are achieving this goal and that we compare so favorably to other leading businesses across the country.”

Blach Construction has long been regarded as one of the best places to work regionally.  For the past five years running, the company has been ranked in the top six in the annual Best Places to Work in the Bay Area survey, conducted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times.  The company achieved the #1 ranking in 2010.  This is Blach’s first inclusion on the national top 25 best places to work list.

Among many attributes, employees’ responses to the survey identified personal support, strong benefits, opportunities for professional development, and a fun, friendly workplace as reasons they feel Blach is a great place to work.  “This place is a sincerely amazing company,” one employee says. “Everyone is willing to put others first and make true sacrifices for both the good of the company and the individual employee.
The survey evaluates how employees experience six different aspects of the company.  The scores, indicated below, reflect the percentage of employees’ responses to questions as “often,” almost always,” and “sometimes.” Blach’s high scores in each of these areas propelled the company onto this year’s list:

1. Challenges: Training, responsible work, possibilities for advancement.  Blach score: 99%
2. Atmosphere: Enjoyable coworkers, fun and cooperative environment.  Blach score: 99%
3. Rewards: Special and unique benefits, fair compensation, work-life balance and appreciation for extra effort.  Blach score: 99%
4. Pride: Meaningful responsibilities and accomplishments, positive company reputation and community impact.  Blach score: 100%
5. Communication: Free and transparent exchange of ideas and information.  Blach score: 99%
6. Bosses: Clear direction and vision, competence and acting with integrity and care.  Blach score: 98%

Gaye Landau-Leonard, vice president of human resources, commented, “we are thrilled to be recognized as one of the very best workplaces in the nation.  As one of our employees stated in the survey, working at Blach is ‘like you hit the lottery of the places to work.’  Nothing could be more gratifying for an HR professional than having highly motivated, engaged colleagues enjoying each other and the work they do in this wonderful company.”

For more results from the survey, as well as a profile of Blach Construction’s workplace, including “The Inside Story,” “Great Perks,” “How to Get Hired” and “What Employees Say,” please visit  To see the 2013 Great Place to Work Best Small & Medium Workplaces list and to learn more about how to build a high-trust workplace culture, visit

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work(R) is a global consulting and management training firm specializing in workplace excellence and development of high-trust organizational cultures. Its proprietary research tool, the Trust Index(C) Employee Survey is taken by over 10 million employees in 45 countries annually. Leading companies worldwide apply its Model(R) to increase the levels of trust across their organizations and drive business results. Annually, Great Place to Work(R) produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For(R) list and the Great Place to Work(R) Best Small and Medium Workplaces list.  Follow Great Place to Work(R) online at and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

About Blach Construction Company
Founded in 1970, Blach Construction Company builds structures of enduring quality and value throughout northern and central California.  The company’s experience encompasses a broad cross-section of commercial, industrial and institutional building types, including education, healthcare, technology, life sciences, professional services and civic/community facilities.  Blach is also a recognized leader in sustainable design and construction.  The company is based in the Silicon Valley, with full-service regional offices located in Sacramento and Monterey.  For more information, please visit the company’s website at

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